Dementia

Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking and behavior and is common in old age.

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What is the ramification of chemical restraint in Dementia?

Any so-called "answer" to this question would be subject to opinion and is probably much too broad to be addressed on this venue with any finality.

However, the following is offered as a response;

Chemical or electrical subduing agents are deployed against ANY individual whose violent struggles are resisting custodial actions. This would include mentally disturbed individuals as well.

While each and every situation will undoubtedly be different, the following generality can be drawn: Unfortunately, society and technology offers few options to first responders and in reality. they are faced with only two decisions - take the person into custody, or let them go. In order to protect both the restrained individual AND the first responder these types of technologies are becoming more commonly employed. The only other option is the use of physical force or a 'physically disabling' weapon which, as mentioned, can be injurious to both the individual and the 'subduer.'

Statistically, there will probably always be a certain number of persons who, for various reasons, have a lower tolerance than the general public to the chemical or electrical agents and who may succumb when they are deployed against them. However, the rate of serious injury and/or death is statistically MUCH lower when they are used in preference to night sticks - billy clubs - batons -ASPS - etc, where they must be used to physically beat the individual into submission.

The use of force to subdue someone is never attractive to contemplate and is even worse to witness or engage in however - when the two methods are compared, the use of chemical or electrical agents clearly has the greater advantage and is more humane.

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Can untreated diabetes cause dementia?

Yeah mate, Yeah it can! oriet bud is that all!

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How long can you live with dementia?

The answer depends on many different factors, including what's causing the dementia. For Alzheimer's, for example, factors include the age at diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and general health status. Nor is there a textbook progression to the disease; some people go downhill quickly after diagnosis, while others can live with the disease for 10 or more years.

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What are the needs of dementia patients?

The same as any other human. Adl's (activities of daily living). Food,showers,protection from harm. But all done with much patience and understanding.

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Do people with dementia accuse others of stealing from them?

Unfortunately, sometimes this can happen. They get confused and even a little paranoid sometimes due to their illness. They may have forgotten where they put their money or exactly how much they had. Eventually, as the disease progresses they begin to forget who certain people are and this problem can get worse. Try finding a support group for caregivers of dementia or read some books about how best to handle this.

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Does vascular dementia get worse over time?

Unfortunately yes, and it can either get worse over a long space of time or an extremely short space. In vascular dementia the person has a small stroke, which causes bleeding in a part of the brain. As time moves on the person will not be able to remember who you are, and you will have to approach them as a stranger. Eventually the part of the brain that keeps organs moving will shut down, but there are ways of extending the person's life that have recently been discovered. This won't make them better or stop the strokes - it'll just extend the period of time they have left.

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?

The main difference is that, unlike Alzheimer’s, dementia is not a disease; it is a group of symptoms that impact memory, ability to communicate, and performance of daily tasks. It usually starts with simple forgetfulness and can progress to an inability to care for oneself. There is more than one type of dementia, and people can suffer from multiple types simultaneously.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It gets worse with time and affects language, thought, and memory, and it’s currently incurable. No exact cause is known.

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What are the symptoms of canine dementia?

A medical condition known as canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) causes disorientation, confusion, memory loss and personality changes that are very similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is sometimes referred to as "old dog syndrome", "brain aging", "doggie dementia" or "senility". Like Alzheimer's disease, the cause of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is unknown, but physical evidence, found only in autopsies, reveals the same sort of degenerative brain lesions. With age, dogs, like humans, naturally accumulate deposits of beta amyloid, a nerve-damaging protein, in the brain. This starch-like protein builds up, becomes waxy, and forms plaque. As plaque builds up, it clogs the brain and inhibits the transmission of signals from the brain. In both Alzheimer's and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, excessive senile plaque leads to more severe cognitive impairment. Some age-related changes, like a graying muzzle, are inevitable. Older dogs are more sensitive to temperature extremes and they move a bit slower. Dogs with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, however, experience changes in behavior which, like Alzheimer's, are not a normal part of aging. The main symptoms of CDS are summarized by the acronym DISH... Disorientation - Interaction changes - Sleep changes - and House soiling. These changes in behavior could be signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.... Sometimes a disoriented dog....

* Stops responding to his name.

* Forgets once familiar tricks

May stop responding to even basic commands

* No longer remembers routines

* Stares blankly into space or at walls

* Gets stuck in corners, under furniture or behind furniture

* Engages in repetitive and compulsive disorders

* Paces or wanders aimlessly * Compulsively walks in circles... around a table or from room to room

* Appears lost or confused, even in familiar surroundings

* Dogs who knew exactly where their yard ended and never crossed the line, wander past the normal boundaries, becoming lost and confused.

* Easily agitated and/or barks for no reason.

For about the last two years of her life, Gretchen, who passed away 5 years ago, walked round and round the dining room table - carrying her "baby" in her mouth. She did this at least 2 or 3 times a day - doing 100 or more laps each time. Gretchen forgot how to do all the wonderful tricks she once loved to perform. Dogs who experience decreased interaction with people....

* No longer greet visitors or even family members

* No longer try to get attention

* No longer care about being petted

They walk away even when being petted and receiving affection. Dogs who experience changes in sleep patterns...

* Sleep more during the day

* Sleep less at night

* May wander around instead of sleeping Dogs with CDS sometimes forget housetraining...

* They have "accidents" indoors... even soon after being outside

* They stop "asking" to go out

* They seem to forget the reason for going outdoors

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What is dementia?

Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Particularly affected areas may be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. In the later stages of the condition affected persons may be disoriented to time, place and person.

The many different causes of dementia can be classified as either reversible or irreversible. Less than 10% of cases of dementia are considered reversible, and even in these cases it usually is not fully reversed.

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What is ICD-9 code for Dementia with Lewy bodies?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is not a single disorder but a spectrum of disorders involving disturbances of movement, cognition, behavior, sleep and autonomic function.

When diagnosing Lewy body dementias, please use the following ICD-9 code combinations:

* dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)

331.82 - "Dementia with Lewy bodies"

294.1x - "Dementia" with the 'x' determined by presence ("1") or absence ("0") of behavioral disturbance.

(NOTE: Not all insurance carriers process 294.1x codes the same way. Confer with a billing expert before using this code.)

* Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD)

331.82 - "DLB, parkinsonism with dementia, Lewy body dementia, Lewy body disease"

332.0 - "Parkinson's disease"

294.1x - "Dementia" with the 'x' determined by presence ("1") or absence ("0") of behavioral disturbance.

(NOTE: Not all insurance carriers process 294.1x codes the same way. Confer with a billing expert before using this code.)

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What are the symptoms of dementia?

Dementia is a serious decease and elderly people mostly suffer from it. The main symptoms of dementia are problems with memory, inability to concentrate, do simple calculations. If one if experiencing such symptoms, it would be suggested to see a doctor.

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What is medical model of dementia?

to encourage people to live heatly lifestyles and also it looks at the cause of the illness and tries

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How do you die from alzheimer's disease?

Click on the link below.

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Why does an individual with dementia have unique needs and preferences?

A person who has developed dementia has lost many of his normal brain functions, understanding, capabilities, abilities to perform routine tasks normally, revised preferences, probably needs assistance from family members or social workers with personal hygiene, getting dressed, making decisions and choices, lost abilities to drive, or cook, or the ability to care for oneself as usual.

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What is lewy dementia?

lewy is different parts of the brain which may have been affected. ie... the memory part, or speech part or co-ordination part, sum times only parts of the brain is affected in dementia,not all but sadly in many cases it is all of the brain

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Can early dementia be treated or is the medication just a band-aid?

Dementia is a form of Alzheimer's and no, there is no cure, but medications can slow the process down. This only works if it's caught early enough.

My mother had Dementia for at least 20 years and I'm sad to say we all thought she was becoming a bitter old lady. We weren't aware of Dementia. Eventually she landed in the hospital where the doctor "pink slipped" her. This means because of her age, she also was diabetic and a danger to herself we were able to get her into a nursing home. Just before she entered the nursing home the hospital sent her to Valleyview Hospital (psychiatric hospital) to evaluate her and put her on a medication called Respiridol. In approx. 3 weeks my mother was almost her old self. We were happy to have her back! Of course because she was in her mid-80's we had no recourse but to leave her in the nursing home. My brother and I took turns visiting my mother and she was fortunate to have had us there 6 days out of 7. We were blessed to enjoy our mother once again and she was blessed to recognize us and enjoy our presents.

If you go on Google and write in "information on dementia", you will learn much. Understanding this terrible disease will help you and family cope better.

Dementia untreated makes the person become extremely paranoid, turn on family members, forget to pay bills, forget to take medications or even eat at times. The can lash out at the ones they love, accuse you of stealing and in their minds this is really happening.

This disease is so unfair and the person that has it is virtually a prisoner in their own bodies/minds. As frustrating as it can be, please have patience.

Answer also: Symptoms can possibly be treated by different medications and therapies, but there really is no cure. Dealing with individuals who have this life altering disease requires a lot of love and empathy on the part of others. If you see personality changes in the sufferer, just remember, it's not the real person you know and love, but the disease that has changed them. Be strong of heart, best to you.

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Does the black sacrament work in real life from skyrim?

Hmm, you should probably find a body and try it. If you really had to ask this question, you might want to try it with your own.

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What happens when you body starts to shut down?

Could you be more specific? Are you referring to an end of life event?

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How can you help people with dementia?

Dealing with Dementia It really depends on the stage, and type, of dementia. Stability and routine would probably be things that are important during all stages of dementia. Love, gentleness, reminders of day and time and person, calming activities, and patience.

They need much extra time for moving and talking. Move more slowly and talk in more simple language to give them the extra "processing" time they need. Sometimes my mother would go a good 30 seconds or more before responding to a question, often having been already interrupted by someone else speaking before she was able to formulate and state the answer.

Physical touch is important. Hold their hand, pat them on the arm, kiss their cheeks. Pet therapy is very good for them, as is Adult Day Care where activities are structured, meals are provided, and they are kept safe and mentally stimulated.

Encouraging and allowing the person to do as much as possible for themselves for as long as possible is important for many reasons. Dignity is an important one.

Your knowing when to get help is important too. Many couples vows never to let each other end up in a care facility. But, sometimes a person reaches a level of dementia that requires 24-hour supervision, due to health and safety concerns for all parties involved. In that case, do research, get referrals and references, and make drop-in visits to various facilities to find the right environment for your loved one, if home care is out of the question. Don't be afraid to visit facilities any time of the day or night, and show up unannounced. It is a good way to get a feel for the way things really are done when "guests" are not expected.

There is an excellent book, The 36 Hour Day. See the related question below for more information about this book. It helped me in seven years of caring for my mother at home with both physical illness and dementia. Although I am an RN, the practical help this book gave was invaluable. It is easily understood by people of varying degrees of prior education about elder care and dementia.

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How does bias affect research?

Bias affects research because when you are getting information from a source which contains bias, it will not necessary be exactly right because it is influenced by that person's opinion. Therefore, when researching you should consider the author and their purpose in writing - for example, are they trying to convince to buy a computer because then the information they have given on computers could contain bias. Hope that helps!

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Is dementia a disability?

Dementia is a disease causing serious disability.

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Why is it important to view dementia as a disability?

To ensure that as health and social care workers we adapt the environment etc to the person with the disability rather than the other way around. If someone has a physical disability we alter their environment, such as, providing a lift or a ramp, so that the person can function in a 'normal' way. If we see dementia in a similar way we realise that we need to adapt our care provision to suit their needs not change them and their behaviour to suit the setting e.g. of the care home etc.

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Does an EEG of the brain show Dementia?

it can help lead the doctors to futher exam your brain

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What is fear in dementia?

I think it's probably a form of a phobia, some people have terrible fears that haunt them all the time. You might talk to your MD about it or a psychologist.

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Is there a connection between narcissistic personality disorder and dementia?

There is no known or recorded connection.

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